I’ve been cleaning areas of my 1970 Lotus Europa S2 as preparation for some fiberglass repair that I’m planning. Inside the front wheel well I finally located a beautiful colour history of my car. For the first time I have discovered the original paint, Bahama Yellow which reminds me more of butterscotch that anything else.
At some point the Bahama Yellow was painted over with a rather nice blue colour, perhaps French Blue? Perhaps the blue wasn’t visible enough… red, possibly the Lotus colour Carnival Red was applied next.
Here’s where it gets fun. One of the previous owners painted my Europa yellow with a white stripe. I’m guessing this was done about 20 years ago. The paint appears to be a match for the Lotus emblem, not the more intense Lotus Yellow that was so popular. Even better… the paint is in decent shape. Perhaps not perfect but good for a driver.
What’s the best colour? While not original I prefer the yellow. A bonus is that my Lotus Europa can be seen!